A new decade dawns

Pic Michael Gillen 08/12/10. FALKIRK. Howgate Centre. Santa with Sarah Colston (6), Nathan Colston (23 months)  both from Polmont,  his helper and Grotto.
Pic Michael Gillen 08/12/10. FALKIRK. Howgate Centre. Santa with Sarah Colston (6), Nathan Colston (23 months) both from Polmont, his helper and Grotto.

Happy New Year to all Buchanie readers and advertisers as we boldy enter a new decade.

It is hard to believe in some respects that it’s been ten years since we celebrated the Millennium in such glorious style.

In the past year alone it has been another busy year for Buchan.

The proposed Peterhead incinerator was rejected overwhelmingly by councillors, Terex engineering plant closed and Banff and Buchan elected a new MP in the form of Eilidh Whiteford.

On the fishing front there were blockades of Faroese and Icelandic pelagic vessels landing in Peterhead as a result of their nations’ decision to massively increase their quotas.

And Peterhead fishermen are facing another difficult year in 2011 with tight quota restrictions set to bite hard.

In the town itself local folk will be hoping for investment in the shopping centre and looking for the arrival of new stores.

2011 will hopefully see the beginnings of green technology investment at both the Upperton Industrial Estate as part of the Energetica Corridor plans and at Peterhead port which this year saw the unveiling of its new Smith Embankment.

The next 12 months ahead should also see work getting underway on the new superjail in town, the possible long-overdue regeneration of Chapel Street flats and the creation of Buchan’s very own crematorium.

On a more personal note, this will be another exciting, action-packed year for Buchan folk in general - and the Buchanie will again be at the forefront of reporting on all your activities and events.

But, as always, it is a two-way process: we need your continuing help and support to bring your news to a wider forum.

This year the Buchanie wants to increase its news gathering from all the communities it serves and, of course, extend its photographic coverage of events.

So here’s to another 12 busy months for Buchan - read all about it in the Buchanie every Tuesday!